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TRAFFIC ALERT: Resurfacing Route 32
You may have noticed traffic delays on Route 32 in Tinicum and Bridgeton townships. That is the result of a $2.6 million project to repair and resurface a 12-mile section of Route 32 between Dark Hollow Road and Trails End Lane.

The project will run through Friday, June 16, and work will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. I ask you all to be patient during this project and, if possible, take alternative routes.

The project also includes resurfacing Richlandtown Road/Union Road/Main Street, between the Tohickon Creek and Towne Court Drive in East Rockhill, Haycock and Richland townships, and Richlandtown Borough; and Burnt House Hill Road between Cold Spring Creamery Road and U.S. Route 202 in Buckingham Township.

Upcoming Shredder/Recycling Event
I will be hosting a FREE Shredder/Recycling Event to give residents of the 143rd Legislative District the opportunity to safely dispose of personal documents and other items.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Groveland Elementary School, 1100 North Easton Road, Doylestown. Shredding will be available until noon. This event has been very popular and there have been long lines in the past. Please be patient!

Constituents are encouraged to bring the following items for proper disposal or reuse:                              
  • Faded, worn or torn flags (no flag poles).
  • Eyeglasses/sunglasses and hearing aids.
  • Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications (no needles or Epi-pens).
  • Clothing, shoes, games, toys and books (all in good shape and usable condition).
  • Cellphones, chargers, small appliances and small household items.
  • Can tabs.

Please call my district office for additional information 215-489-2126. 
   

PennDOT Centers Closed for Holiday
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

Customers may find a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
Remembering – and Celebrating – on Memorial Day
         

While enjoying camping, fishing, trips to the shore and time with family this weekend, please take time to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Click here for a listing of Memorial Day events in Bucks County.

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day,” and was established following the Civil War to remember the Union dead. While certainly it is a solemn occasion to recall those who died in service to our country, it is also a time when we can celebrate the values for which they were willing to give their lives.

The way we raise the flag on Memorial Day symbolizes just that. The flag is initially raised in the morning to the top of the mast, then it is lowered to half-staff out of respect for the dead. But then, at noon, the flag is returned to full staff to recognize the strength of our nation and the liberties for which they fought.

It was President Benjamin Harrison who first said that the flags should not remain at half-mast for the full day. He said, “I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it, where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”

We also honor the family and loved ones of our service men and women.

          
Bill to Collect Gaming Fees Advances
             
 My legislation, House Bill 1281, to collect a $36.1 million outstanding loan to fund gaming oversight was approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee Monday and has been sent to the full House for consideration.

As part of Act 71 of 2004, the Gaming Control Board, Department of Revenue and State Police were given a $36.1 million loan that was to be paid back by the gaming licensees when all slot machine licenses have been issued and have commenced operation. That was more than a decade ago, and quite frankly, I believe the original legislation was shortsighted in not containing a more definitive schedule for the repayment of this loan. I think it is time we call in this debt. My proposal would require loan repayments to start on Jan. 1, 2018.

My legislation would also require that new slots machine licenses and table games operations certificate fees be paid no later than 10 days after a license or certificate is issued. This will ensure the timely receipt of license fees from the remaining available licenses. There are currently no payment due dates.


Bill Addresses REAL ID Issue
     

Earlier this week, the House approved Senate Bill 133, which gives residents the choice to obtain a REAL ID or stick with their traditional driver’s license. This measure would bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

Residents who choose the standard form of identification would need to have a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.

In sending the bill to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, the state will also request extension from the federal government to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania. Should the extension be granted, Pennsylvanians will still be able to use their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings until the new system is in place. The governor has indicated he will sign the bill.

Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while avoiding the higher costs for the new form of identification, which would otherwise be incurred by taxpayers.

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s DUI Penalties
            
Last week, off-duty Bucks County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Clymer was killed in a crash when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a truck driven by an alleged drunk driver whose license is suspended.

My condolences go out to the family of Deputy Clymer. This tragic incident could have been prevented.

On Wednesday, I voted for legislation, House Bill 1049, to strengthen penalties for DUI offenders. Under current law, anyone who operates a vehicle on a suspended license resulting from a DUI faces a $500 fine and 60 to 90 day jail sentence. The legislation the House sent to the Senate grades subsequent offenses as follows:
  • Second offense - $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail sentence.

  • Third offense - $2,500 fine and no less than three months in jail. The penalty also graduates from a summary offense to a misdemeanor.

  • Fourth offense – Misdemeanor with a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail.

          
The bill we approved would also allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle I believe the time is long past to get tough on those with mulple DUI convictions.

Fish for Free on Sunday


Get your rod and reels ready for Fish for Free Day this Sunday, May 28. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. This is a great way to expose new anglers to the outdoors.

Additionally, the PFBC also offers a fishing tackle loan program, which includes everything someone needs to go fishing. Three locations in Bucks County that offer the loan program.
 

SEAS Continues to Garner Ideas
                                                                       
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The State Employees Achieving Savings (SEAS) program continues to collect ideas and, so far we’re received great input.

SEAS asks our dedicated state employees and retired workers to submit ideas on how the state can save money. They can opt to remain anonymous or make themselves available for follow-up information. Their ideas will then be reviewed and potentially implemented.

Ideas can be submitted here.
                                   

 
Download the PA511 Mobile App

If you are traveling this holiday weekend, be sure to download 511PA. 511PA is Pennsylvania’s official travel information service which provides travelers with reliable, current traffic and weather information, as well as links to other transportation services. 511PA is designed to help motorists reach their destination in the most efficient manner when traveling in Pennsylvania.

The 511PA mobile application covers all PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike operated roadways. Traffic incidents and construction alerts are reported on all roadways and traffic speeds are reported on approximately 15,000 miles of highway.

To learn more about the app and how to download it, please click here.
                                   
Meeting ‘Rosie the Riveter’
              
 
I had the honor of meeting Anne Mae Krier, a Rosie the Riveter from Bucks County, on Tuesday at the Capitol. Krier was one of many women who aided America’s war effort, building B-17 and B-29 bombers for Boeing, during World War II. Thank you, Anne Mae Krier and all Rosie the Riveters out there! Your service and dedication to our nation are an inspiration to us all.

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